Whenever Ronnie Greenwald, z”l, the founder and director of Camp Sternberg, proposed a new idea to his Board of Directors, they expected to hear something “out of the box.” But his latest idea was “off the wall”!
“I’m going to choose a group of special-needs children to join us this summer in camp,” Ronnie told them. “It will be a unique opportunity for them and the rest of the camp.”
“This is ridiculous!” the board responded. “How will the campers interact with them? How will the parents react? It’s never been done, and it will ruin the camp’s reputation!”
“Exactly!” said Ronnie with his customary whimsical exuberance. “And that’s why I plan for this bunk to sit right in the front of the dining room, so all the campers and staff will pass by and get to know them. They’ll love it!”
Ronnie Greenwald’s dream was the board’s nightmare, while once again he proved that he was way ahead of his time. Today, nearly every mainstream camp has a special-needs bunk, and they bring joy and spirit to the rest of the camp.
Mi k’amcha Yisrael!